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Arkansas Scores Early in Upset of UT



Sept. 28, 2012

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --Arkansas' Allie Chandler scored in the 14th minute and Tennessee could not find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to the Razorbacks Friday night at Regal Stadium.

Tennessee (7-3-2, 2-2-1 SEC) outshot Arkansas (5-5-1, 2-2-1 SEC) 21-10, but the UT squad was shut out for the third time this season. The team had been undefeated in five home matches this season, including two SEC contests.

"Every game in this league is going to be an absolute battle," Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky said. "I don't think we prepared ourselves mentally for a battle tonight and we paid for it."

In the 14th minute Chandler took a pass from the Evan Palmer at the top right of the box, dribbled across and fired from the left side. The ball was to the far right side of the net, just out of UT goalkeeper Julie Eckel's reach.

UT had a chance to pull even at the half in the 43rd minute when Ali Hall set up about eight yards outside the box for a free kick. Hall curved the ball through the wall and to the far right side of the net, but Arkansas goalkeeper Sam Wolf made the diving save and re-collected the ball after it losing her grip.

In the second half, Tennessee continued to apply heavy offensive pressure, outshooting Arkansas 12-5 after the break. UT also had five corner kicks in the second half, but could not capitalize to find the back of the net.

By Brian Rice, UTSports.com

Freshman Susan Ferguson has worked her way into solid minutes as a sub off the Lady Vol bench as the season has progressed. Ferguson played a career-high 57 minutes in Sunday's win at Mississippi State and contributed 31 off the bench Friday night against Arkansas.

Ferguson said the pressure defense that the Razorbacks ran led to Tennessee's struggles finding offense just five days after scoring a season-high six goals in the win over the Bulldogs.

"They were pretty tough," Ferguson said. "We had a lot of opportunities, but we just couldn't get a ball on the net and then they sunk in."

Another challenge awaits UT on Sunday as Missouri comes to town for the first-ever meeting between the now-SEC foes.

We need to come out Sunday a little more mentally prepared," Ferguson said. "Missouri is going to be really tough, but I think if we can bounce back from this and refocus tomorrow (in practice) and play our toughest it'll be a really good game."

CC Cobb's corner from the far side in the 66th minute was another missed opportunity for UT. Cobb collected the ball after it bounced around and fired a shot inside the box. Wolf was there for the save in the middle.

Kylie Bono had a great ball from the far right side near the back line in the 84th minute. Bono's shot was low and squeezed through traffic and, off a bounce, it knocked off the lower part of the left post.

Bono led the Lady Vols with five shots and one on goal. Hall and Cobb had four shots each and Amy Harrison had three. Eckel had two saves and fell to 7-3-2 with the loss.

Chandler had six shots with three on goal for the Razorbacks. Wolf totaled five saves after making her season debut in goal.

Tennessee will next host No. 11 Missouri at Regal Soccer Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday's game will feature free admission for kids 12 and under, fans who bring two non-perishable food items to donate to Second Harvest, campers who bring a camp coupon or wear a camp t-shirt and youth soccer players who wear their jersey. Also, the first 100 kids through the gates eat for free.

NOTES: Friday's loss to Arkansas was UT's first home loss since falling to Ohio State on Nov. 12, 2011, in the first round of the NCAA Tournamennt ... entering the game, Tennessee was 8-0-1 in its previous nine SEC home contests.

 

 

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